Help Us Improve Our School — Take the 5Essentials Parent Survey Today!

Elmwood students at work in their art class.

Thank you to the many parents who have already completed the 2018-19 5Essentials Survey! Your responses will help us identify areas where we can improve as a school. For those who haven't taken the survey, a link can be found in the accompanying article. (District 401 photo by Dave Porreca)

Parents and guardians, we invite you to help us make Elmwood Elementary an even better school by completing the 2018-19 5Essentials Survey.

The results of this online survey will provide us with feedback on what areas our school leadership team is excelling at and where growth is still needed.

You can access the 5Essentials Survey by clicking this link.

We would like to thank the 105 Elmwood parents who have already completed this survey at parent-teacher conferences!

If you haven’t had an opportunity to take the survey yet, please follow the directions provided below.

What Is the 5Essentials Survey?

The survey was developed by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research and is derived from the 5Essentials System for school improvement. 

The 5Essentials System is an evidence-based framework that identifies five factors that can lead to improved student outcomes. These five essential factors are:

► Effective Leaders
► Collaborative Teachers
► Involved Families
► Supportive Environment
► Ambitious Instruction

Researchers have found that schools strong in at least three of the five essentials were 10 times more likely to show substantial gains in student learning over time than schools weak in three or more of the five essentials.

How Can You Help?

The 5Essentials Survey is for parents/guardians and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You may skip questions you do not wish to answer, but the survey must be completed in one sitting and cannot be retrieved once it is submitted.

If you decide to take the survey, your identity will be kept completely confidential and your responses will not be linked to you.

Please note that school-level reports will only be generated if at least 20 percent of our parents/guardians complete the survey, which can be accessed until Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.

If Elmwood School successfully meets this 20-percent requirement, we will receive our reports in March 2019. The results will also be made available to the public via the 2019 edition of the Illinois State School Report Cards, which will be released next fall.

Once again, you can access the survey by clicking the following link:

To all parents and guardians who have completed the survey or intend to do so, we thank you for helping to make Elmwood Elementary an even better school for your children!

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